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Lovely Evening @ the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin

Darwin . 2016 . Aug 11


This post is part of our Darwin Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here

Darwin City is a fairly easy place to navigate, given its small size and limited attractions.  One of those places that you must definitely visit in Darwin is definitely Mindil Beach for its incredible sunset.

If you happen to visit Darwin in the months of April to October, there's also the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets right by the beachside.  The markets are open only on every Thursday and Sunday evenings, so some careful planning is required.

How to get to Mindil Beach from Darwin CBD

Mindil Beach is about a 3km walk from Darwin CBD.  So grab a map and get a suntan if you are keen to experience Darwin on foot.  By taxi, it will cost about AUD$10 to get from the CBD to Mindil Beach.


Our preferred form of transportation was however, by public transport (we’re on a budget).  From the Darwin Bus Interchange, there’s a number of buses that goes to the Mindil Beach.  We chose to take Bus number 15.


It is not difficult to identify the stop to alight at, because most people will be alighting at this stop during market days.


In any case, there's a large enough signage at the bus stop that indicates the directions to Mindil Beach.


Once you alight at the Mindil Beach Bus stop, cross the road (if you are coming from the direction of the Darwin CBD), and you’ll be at Mindil Beach in no time.

What's there at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets?

Plenty.  The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets is home to more than 200 local stores, featuring food and beverages, art and crafts and services, as well as performances.  You’ll find plenty of cuisines ranging from Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Greek and Turkish - far too many to choose from!



Some of these stalls even set up their own dining area, so be ready for a al-fresco gastronomic experience at the beach side!


Am pretty proud that our local food makes a debut even in the Northern Territories of Darwin!


Its quite surprising to see such crowds and vibrancy in a relatively quiet and sleepy town like Darwin.



Interesting stuffs such as a free telescopic viewing of the moon.   That’s our first clear view of the moon using such high-tech equipment.  All for free!


Some interesting local hand-made souvenirs and jewellery as well…


Enjoy the Fabulous Mindil Beach Sunset

It was clear that everyone was waiting around for the sunset at the Mindil Beach.  With a clear and cloudiness sky, we were indeed in luck to see a spectacular sunset.


Mindil Beach is also a wonderful place where the mudflats extend for a long distance from the shore. So get those shorts on and waddle through the cool mud.


Coincidentally when we were at the Mindil Beach, there was a mini air show put on by the local airforce, and even more coincidental was the fact that 2 Singaporean jets joined in the formation put up over the beach front.  Hello fellow Singaporeans!



The jets sometimes swopped pretty low…


This was surely the best sunset we have ever seen - better than what we’ve seen in Bali and Taiwan.


Join us next as we visit Kakadu National Park.

This post is part of our Darwin Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here


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